Christmas Party In Roppongi

Living far from home can be lonely, especially in a foreign country. To survive I have relied on friendships. This Christmas was no different.

(I meant to post this a month ago)


I was invited to have Christmas in Roppongi Mid-Town with my friends. They reserved a table at the Outback Steakhouse there.

My husband was willingly to drop me off, but only if I went earlier. So here’s how I ended up at Mid-Town around noon.

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The skylight had water running across it.

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Instructions for the Christmas Illuminations that evening.  While wandering about, a kind tourist information center rep advised me to go at 4:30 pm. If I waited until 5pm the wait to see the lights would be over 2 hours.  Thirty minutes makes a heck of a difference!

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They had a small Christmas market set up in the Midtown.

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I went into the beautifully decorated Dean and Deluca, drawn by the Red Velvet coffee advertisements.  Mmm… coffee.

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The cinnamon roll was pretty yummy. They heated it up for me so the icing was very drizzly.

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My red velvet latte. The only problem is that it was so sweet and in combo with the cinnamon roll lost it’s flavor.  I should have just chosen one.

My friend, S, came early to hang out with me in Roppongi and she brought me a beautiful Christmas present from Germany.

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She explained what each gift meant. Apparently, in Germany giving fruit on Christmas is an old tradition. Since fruit used to be hard to get in winter, it was a treat to receive it.

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The sunlight hit the gardens around Midtown at the perfect angle.

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Here is where the illumination would be. This is the main event of the evening.  I’ll post a video later with the light show.

After enjoying the Christmas Illumination we explored Roppongi for an hour and then headed for the Outback Steakhouse for this. It’s a traditional Christmas meal, I swear.  *winky face*

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Ancient Christmas drink, I swear.

And that was how I spent Christmas in Japan.

I took so many photos of the Christmas spectacle that I’ll put that in a separate post.  It’s hard to believe how fast time is flying by.  I’m rushing to my next birthday fast.

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